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The Great DUCK!
Next Great Duck Derby Sat. April 22, 2017
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Young Naturalist Summer Camp
GROWvember FALL PLANT SALE:  Sat., Nov. 5 at Mead Garden
Saturday, Nov. 5th GROWvember FALL PLANT SALE
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Thank you to all who made Mead's Anniversary party a success!
You can borrow binoculars!
OAS led birding walks 5 Saturdays in October


Robins, robins, robins!

If you like robins, this is the time of the year for you. They showed up a bit later than usual this winter, but they are here now in large numbers. Flocks of robins can be seen all over Mead Garden. Look for them especially around the camphor trees. They are fond of the berries. You may also see some cedar waxwings feeding around those trees.

Here's a couple of robin facts:

2014 Mega Air Potato Raid! Saturday, January 25

Mead Botanical Garden will be the host site for the 3rd Annual Mega Air Potato Raid! If you like scavenger or Easter Egg hunts, you'll love participating in the air potato round up!

When: Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9am until noon
Registration begins at 8:45am at the Pole Barn in Mead Garden

This is a free volunteer event for all ages. Please bring gloves and wear closed-toed shoes and long pants.


Winter birds in the Garden

The goldfinches are back in the Garden. They are not that familiar bright yellow yet—that will come later as we move into Spring. Right now they are a pale yellow with dark wings. They can often be seen at the bird feeders north of the old amphitheater. While you are looking for the goldfinches, you can enjoy the beauty of the Butterfly Garden and, with a bit of patience, there is a good chance of seeing one or two of the ruby-throated hummingbirds as they feed on the nectar from the flowers in the garden.

Butterfly Garden Expansion

Come visit the Butterfly Garden, where asters, salvias, Mexican marigolds and pentas are in bloom, as well as the grasses on our rock garden. Monarchs are still plentiful. In addition, we are now adding many Florida native plants to attract butterflies and birds. Our hummingbirds love the firebush! This week, we added more Florida privet, yaupon holly, fringe trees, flatwoods plums and other woody plants where birds can feed and hide. Join us in the garden just east of The Grove Performance Pavilion, behind the Pole Barn.

Tea Camellias in bloom!

The first wave of camellias are beginning to blossom! "Tea camellias" are blooming along the fence on Denning Drive—but they won't be blooming for long! For most, the thought of Camellia brings to mind Camellia japonica, which has large, showy flowers. The cultivar of the tea camellia (Camellia sinensis) blooming along the fence at Mead Garden have smaller, white flowers that barely resemble the more common C. japonica. The plants are small right now, but will eventually form a hedgerow along the Denning Drive fence line. 


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by Dr. Radut